By Ray Hickson
Trainer Peter Snowden concedes smart filly Pure Elation is giving away some match practice in the Group 2 $200,000 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick but is banking on her class to pull her through.
Pure Elation hasn’t raced since she beat several of Saturday’s rivals in the Percy Sykes during The Championships but, with the boom on Miss Fabulass, is second pick at $5 in TAB’s market.
“She’s an exciting filly going forward, she lacks a bit of race fitness but barrier one is gold for her,’’ Snowden said.
“It’s going to help a lot. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of speed in the race, I wouldn’t think she will be that far back and with the rail out 10m it should be advantageous.’’
Sometimes with racehorses it can be a case of out of sight and out of mind so it’s easy to forget the leaps Pure Elation took in the autumn.
Based on these few comments, the Snowden stable certainly hasn’t.
“She’s a quality filly, you only have to look through what she did earlier this year,’’ Snowden said.
“She ran Estijaab to a head, you could have made a case she should have won that because she ran out of room, then second start (in Sydney) she went to Warwick Farm and won as she liked.
“Then she won the Percy Sykes as she liked again.’’
Pure Elation's win in the Percy Sykes at Randwick in April
Regular jockey Michael Walker made the trip to Sydney to ride Pure Elation in her latest trial at Rosehill where she finished alongside Lanciato in the 1000m heat won by stablemate Redzel.
While Pure Elation holds a nomination for the Thousand Guineas, Snowden said it’s unlikely she’ll be stretched out beyond 1400m.
“I’m not convinced she gets a mile. If she was to run well I’d be thinking about the Danehill next start,’’ he said.
“I’ve had no issues at all and I’m happy with what she’s done in her trial and her work.’’
Plenty has already been said and written about Everest hero Redzel’s return in the Group 3 $160,000 Concorde Stakes (1000m) and Snowden said it’s all systems go.
He expects main rival Invincible Star and possibly The Monstar to settle ahead of the gelding and would be comfortable with that scenario.
“He’s on song, his work on Tuesday was superb so I’m very happy with him,’’ he said.
“I think he gets a couple of leaders, he can just tuck in behind them and have the last look.’’
On Friday, Redzel held sway with TAB at $1.70 ahead of Invincible Star at $2.40.
Lightly raced filly Sangita has a victory over Group 1 winner El Dorado Dreaming against her name from the last time she appeared, winning a maiden at Newcastle on March 31.
Snowden said if she gains a start in the ATC Heritage Society Handicap (1300m) he’s hoping she can transfer her efforts at home to the racecourse.
“Her trials have been super impressive and her work has been good but her race form, even though she won (last start), has been below par,’’ he said.
“If she brings it to the races she has a great chance. When she won at Newcastle we thought it was okay then the second horse came out and won a Group 1 and made us feel better.’’